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FAYETTEVILLE: This Is It! BBQ fined for labor violations

FAYETTEVILLE: This Is It! BBQ fined for labor violations

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- A popular local restaurant chain was accused of numerous violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

This Is It! BBQ & Seafood owed $104,089 in back wages to 230 employees at five of its locations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The restaurant was also fined $1,867 for allowing minors to work later than allowed by federal law.

The investigation found that two This Is It! restaurants in Decatur, as well as the locations in Fayetteville, Lithonia and East Point, failed to pay employees extra for working overtime and did not pay minimum wage to those who worked for tips. The company also allowed employees under age 16 to work later than 9 p.m. during the summer and 7 p.m. at other times of the year, which violates the FLSA's restrictions for young workers.

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Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

ATLANTA -- With Georgia's unemployment rate remaining in double digits, 11Alive journalists are busy digging into three programs that promised to create jobs.

One of them is the federal stimulus program.

According to the state's Stimulus Accountability website, the federal government has granted Georgia approximately $3.2 billion in stimulus funds. Georgia's unemployment rate was around 8.8 percent just prior to the start of the stimulus program. Two years later, unemployment has risen to the current rate of 10.1 percent.

Where are the stimulus jobs?

In Paulding County, the stimulus program is getting mixed reviews.

Paulding County has received approximately $46 million in federal stimulus funds. The unemployment rate there was 6 percent in 2008 before the stimulus program. Unemployment in Paulding has risen to its current rate of 10.6 percent.

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DEKALB: Vote on new smoking ban deferred

DEKALB: Vote on new smoking ban deferred

DECATUR, Ga. -- DeKalb County Commissioners have pushed back a vote on an expanded anti-smoking ordinance within the county. 

DeKalb's Board of Health has been pushing the tighter ordinance for months.

They claim second-hand smoke averages out to more than $500 in healthcare costs for each county household.

But owners of DeKalb's eight strip clubs have protested that including them in the ban will encourage their customers to go to competitors in other counties.

The extended smoking ban would also include parks, ATM lines and other outdoor locations.

County commissioners had been scheduled to make a decision on Tuesday, but after hearing both sides, delayed their vote until their next regularly scheduled meeting in two weeks.

Some businesses, like restaurants that are already under a county smoking ban, say customers will get used to it.